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Sparta, European project for cybersecurity
Cybersecurity is an urgent and major societal challenge. Highly correlated with the digitalization of our societies, cyberthreats have an increasing impact on our lives. It is therefore essential to ensure digital security and strategic autonomy of the EU by strengthening leading cybersecurity capacities. This challenge will require the coordination of Europe’s best competences, towards common research and innovation goals.
Institut Mines-Télécom will manage the CAPE program (Continuous Assessment in Polymorphous Environments). This program aims at developing methods and tools for assessing the properties of modern devices and services, with a focus on dynamic environments and security/safety co-design. Institut Mines-Télécom is also involved in the HAII-T Program, through its long-standing activities in hardware security and industrial control systems security. As an academic institution, Institut Mines-Télécom is also strongly involved in training and awareness, leading the task on professional education. From these contributions, Institut Mines-Télécom will also address the governance issue, and will participate at the strategic level in the relevant bodies of SPARTA.
Inria will be involved in Sparta on both a technical and strategic level. This notably includes the HAII-T (High-Assurance Intelligent Infrastructure Toolkit) program, where the Inria teams Celtique, Cidre, Eva, Infine, Inde, Grace, and Privatics contribute with their expertise in secure systems software, formally verified cryptography, security of the Internet of Things, intrusion detection, and security analysis and certification of software. Moreover, its high security laboratories (LHS) in both Rennes and Nancy join forces with other European platforms to facilitate access for research and industry to high quality experimentation facilities. Finally, Inria leads three tasks in the definition of the SPARTA roadmap, which will establish a Cybersecurity Research and Innovation Roadmap for the European cybersecurity ecosystem at large.
Thales, one of the consortium's original founders, will share with the consortium its 40 years of expertise, focusing on two objectives: the technical analysis of cyberattacks and the development of AI-based secure systems. To help companies and organizations appreciate the IT threat and better protect themselves, Thales aims at developing European capabilities in cyber threat intelligence and at facilitating the safe sharing and usage of this knowledge. Thales will also bring its long-standing experience in the development of secure systems based on a trusted and explainable AI. By bringing together its cyber expertise and its knowledge of hackers' modus operandi, Thales will also be able to simulate new AI-based attacks to learn how to react and protect the ecosystem.
YesWeHack will strengthen the cooperation between the stakeholders by including diverse key players: ethical hackers, IT researchers, students, and the scientific community. To this end, YesWeHack will organize workshops in cities across Europe, along with the SPARTA Associates, to bring together cybersecurity experts from different horizons.
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.